Maui Onion and Sesame Seed Crusted Seared Ahi

2018-02-05
  • Yield : 4 servings
  • Prep Time : 35m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 20m
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Maui onions, slide thin, for caramelizing
  • 4 (6 ounce) ahi tuna steaks, 2 inches thick
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced, dehydrated, and crushed Maui onions
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup premium Jasmine rice
  • 1 Tahitian vanilla bean, split
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups clam or fish broth
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups filtered apple juice
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 4 ounces soy margarine, chilled and cubed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped chives

Method

Step 1

To prepare ahi:

Step 2

In a heavy bottom saucepan over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the sliced onion. Cook the onions, constantly stirring until onions caramelize. Set caramelized onions aside.

Step 3

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Roll the tuna in the dehydrated and crushed onions and sesame seeds. Sear on all sides until browned and to desired doneness (rare to medium-rare doneness is recommended).

Step 4

To make Vanilla Bean Jasmine Rice:

Step 5

In a medium saucepot, cook rice over medium heat with vanilla bean, shallots, butter, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover the saucepot with a lid. Simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff the rice with a fork.

Step 6

To make Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette:

Step 7

In a medium saucepan, combine both vinegars and apple juice over medium heat. Reduce the liquid mixture to 1/2 cup. Just before serving, stir in the cold butter and margarine in small quantities while whisking over medium heat. Place in a blender and blend for just a few seconds. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 8

Serve the tuna steaks alongside Jasmine rice and caramelized onions, drizzled with the vinaigrette and sprinkled with chives.

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